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Player Deals Show Our Progress: Dyche

Manager welcomes JBG contract as Clarets look to keep top players

11 May 2018

Sean Dyche believes securing the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson on a new long-term deal illustrates the progress the Clarets are making.

Gudmundsson has signed a three-year contract to extend his stay at Turf Moor until at least June, 2021 before he heads off for World Cup duty with Iceland.

The winger, 27, is the sixth senior player in Dyche’s squad to sign a new contract this season and the Burnley boss is pleased to have another key man tied down as the Clarets look to keep competing in the Premier League and build towards a first European campaign in 51 years next term.

Dyche said: “He’s had a very strong season. We saw a lot of good things last season. He had a couple of spells injured and that was unfortunate.

“But we saw the progress he was making and this season he’s stepped up again.

“He’s done very well. He’s been another story of someone who last season was getting used to it, understanding it – both us and the Premier League.

“He has used that wisely and matured and moved forward again this season in his own performances and the team performances.

“It’s another good sign of what we’re trying to achieve by keeping our best players.”

The Clarets sign off for this season with Sunday’s visit of Bournemouth.

Dyche confirmed that Ben Mee will again miss out with the shin injury which curtailed his season at the end of March.

And Ashley Barnes has also been ruled out with the shoulder injury he sustained in last Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal.

However, scans have showed only ligament damage with Barnes expected to be back fit ready for the start of pre-season.

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